The late, great Muhammad Ali is famous for saying, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” Wise words from an even wiser man. But there’s more to charity than a sense of duty. According to the UK’s Mental Health Foundation, doing good also does you good. Doing good deeds makes people happy and, yes, that includes you!
There is never enough help to go around. Luckily, more than a few tech-savvy do-gooders have taken it upon themselves to design sleek, popular and intuitive smartphone apps that make it easier for all of us to do our part.
Today on Healthversed, we’ll take a look at the most popular, charitable apps that are changing the world one click at a time. Let’s go!
HTC Power to Give
The HTC Power to Give app harnesses the power of the Internet and your smartphone to fuel various humanitarian projects around the world. How? By using your Android device while you aren’t.
By downloading the app, you’re donating your idle CPU time to various research projects around the world. These include projects like AIDS research, the search for clean drinking water, and more. The more popular the app, the more processing power available for various, life-saving projects. It’s simple! Well, sort of.
Keeping up to date on animal-safe products often feels like a full-time job. There are just so many brands, products, and companies available on the global market. Thankfully, the geniuses over at Symbiotic Software LLC have taken most of the leg work out of voting with your wallet with their animal-friendly consumer app, Cruelty Free.
The Cruelty Free app makes it easy for you to find, shop and purchase products that are free from animal testing.
Available on both Android and iOS, Feedie is a free app that exchanges food photos for food donations!
In order to participate, the user must download the app, visit a participating restaurant, take a picture of their meal, and share it on Google+, Foursquare, Facebook, or Twitter. In exchange for the exposure, the restaurant donates money to The Lunchbox Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides daily meals to schoolchildren in South Africa! It’s a win-win!
Foodbank instantly connects you to thousands of food banks across the UK! More than that, the app uses updates to notify its community of compassionate souls when supplies of high-demand items are running low.
Foodbank makes it easier for anyone to make a meaningful contribution to those in their community who need help the most. Though it’s only available for UK residents, I suspect that it’s only a matter of time before the app “hops the pond.”
Tree Planet 2
Tree Planet 2 is a fascinating way in which you can “grow” a tree from the comfort of your living room. The free app challenges you to dig a virtual hole, plant a virtual seed, and grow a virtual tree. You’ll have to fertilize the tree, protect it from loggers and sheep, and water it on a regular basis to ensure your tree’s survival. Once your tree reaches in-game maturity, a real person will plant a real tree in the real world.
Using this method, Tree Planet 2 and its users have planted over 240,000 real trees all over the world.
Donate a Photo
You already spend your day taking selfies and food pics, so why not do it for a worthy cause!
The Donate a Photo app harnesses your photography acumen to raise money for various international causes, and the premise couldn’t be easier! Simply download the app, pick a charitable cause that’s close to your heart, take a photo, and share it on the app! In exchange for your photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (USD) to your cause.
To date, Donate a Photo has collected 3.02 million photos and helped over 160 causes!
The powerful, life-changing app Appolition has partnered with National Bail Out to transform your spare change into freedom for millions of Americans who can’t afford to make bail.
The process is also fairly simple. You sign up, link your debit or credit cards, and spend like normal! The app then rounds up your purchase to the nearest dollar and makes a donation in your name as soon as you’ve accrued at least $0.50 worth of spare change! Freedom for less than the price of a cup of coffee.
Pro tip: we are a web app that can be accessed via any phone or desktop at: https://t.co/stsIg8am8f
— Appolition (@Appolition) December 17, 2017
DonorReminder is more than just a timer. It’s a donation timer that helps those do-gooding blood donors stay on schedule with their donations.
All you need to do is download the app, click the prominent “I Donated” button as soon as you’re finished donating blood and that’s it! The app will set a timer and alert you when you’re ready to donate blood again, giving you one less deadline to juggle and giving transfusion patients one more chance at life, all at the same time!
25 Free Apps That Are Making The World A Better Place
20. DonorReminder is a simple app that lets regular blood pic.twitter.com/i6AolGtLrX
— Gadgetfix Corp (@Gadgedfix) May 10, 2016
Now here’s an app that seems like it was designed specifically for Healthversed’s most loyal readers. Charity Miles: Walking and Running Distance Tracker is a fitness tracker that logs your progress and raises money for a giant list of fantastic charitable organizations.
The app works like a pedometer, walking timer, stopwatch, and the like to track your distance and your goals. Simply pick a category, work up a sweat. The more you exercise, the more money you raise for your charity. Now if that doesn’t motivate you to get moving, nothing will!
Check-in for Good
You’re already going to tell everyone on social media about your latest meal, purchase, or adventure, so why not leverage that share for a great cause?
Check-in for Good is a free crowdfunding app that helps you raise money for anything you want! Local businesses can use the platform to raise money for causes that they believe in, too! They pick a cause, you check-in and the cause receives a donation and the world is one step closer to Sir Thomas More’s Utopia.
Be My Eyes
Small acts of kindness create a snowball effect of good karma and warm fuzzy feelings. At least, that’s the inspiration behind the interactive, life-changing app Be My Eyes!
Using a live video connection, Be My Eyes connects blind or visually impaired users to sighted volunteers. Volunteers sign up and are alerted when a user needs help! The volunteer can than accept the request and help their visually impaired counterpart check expiry dates, match their clothes, and more!
See? Warm and fuzzy feelings!
An app designed to bring sight to the blind. Discover more at https://t.co/wAYc01jxnh @bemyeyes pic.twitter.com/EeuNzFzPPq
— Google Europe (@googleeurope) March 20, 2018
Let’s say you want to do your part to contribute to meaningful, philanthropic change in and around your community. Where should you go to begin your volunteer opportunity search?
Why, GiveGab of course!
GiveGab is a free, interactive volunteering app that connects charities, fundraisers, and volunteers on a simple, easy-to-use platform. The app helps charities collect donations, market their message, increase awareness, and recruit local and willing volunteers.
Acts of Kindness
Acts of kindness make the world a brighter place to live in, and so does this innovative app from Sinecure Industries!
The Acts of Kindness App gives you access to a gigantic database of common acts of kindness that absolutely anyone can do. If you want to do something good today but don’t know where to start then the Acts of Kindness app is for you! Even better, the company has pledged to donate 25 percent of the app’s revenue directly to Goodwill.